The Coronation Of Queen Elizabeth II

Sunday 2 June



To mark the 60th anniversary of The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, BBC Parliament will for the first time broadcast a digitally re-mastered version of the original black-and-white televised film footage of the Queen’s Coronation, broadcast on 2 June 1953.

The footage has been restored by BBC Studios and Post Production’s Digital Media Services team, who worked from the original 45 reels of negative black-and-white footage. These were ultrasonically cleaned, transferred, digitised and then graded, grain reduced and dust-busted on the latest digital systems.

Colourist Jonathan Wood explains: “We took a lot of care to ensure that the final restored footage had the right balance between looking clean and refreshed, while retaining the essence of the day it was captured in 1953.”

The footage, which includes commentary from Richard Dimbleby, Michael Henderson and Brian Johnston, will be shown in full and will follow the exact times of the original Coronation broadcast.

This includes the Queen’s procession to Westminster Abbey from 10.25am, the Coronation Service from 11.20am, the State Procession through London from 2.20pm, and the Queen’s balcony appearance from 5pm.

Sylvia Peters, who introduced the original Coronation Day coverage in 1953, returns to the BBC to introduce the restored broadcast, and recalls the excitement at Alexandra Palace on the day of the Coronation.

The 1953 Coronation put television on the map and people went out in their thousands to buy their first television sets just to see it. Cameras were set up all over London and it was the BBC’s biggest-ever outside broadcast at the time.